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Artist Feature: Tyler Hornby


Heads up all aspiring 10 year old drummers! Calgary jazz musician Tyler Hornby started drumming at age 10, going on to hone his artistry in high school big bands and experimental jazz combos, achieve a Masters degree in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy and blossom into one of the country's most innovative and sought-after drummers.

Hornby has become a gifted composer by expanding his musical tastes, studying the craft with Grammy Award winning pianist Chip Stephens, and immersing himself in the work of other great players from all over the planet. Doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or advanced in your career, there’s always something to learn from the five great artists Tyler’s checking out these days:

  • Chris Potter

  • Leon Bridges

  • Bill Stewart

  • Stevie Wonder

  • Chick Corea

While you may have discovered Tyler Hornby on Music Mile, he has performed with a remarkably impressive list of collaborators at festivals, clubs and concerts in North America, South America and Europe, and has appeared on more than 50 recordings. We love that his first solo album (2005) was a critically acclaimed exploration of post bop called Shadows of a Brighter Day. In 2015 the Tyler Hornby Quartet released Launch which features Ingrid Jensen & David Braid and hit #1 on the Canadian National Jazz charts and remained in the top ten for 10 weeks. Launch was nominated for a 2015 WCMA & 2016 YYC Music Awards nomination for Best Jazz Recording of the Year. Tyler also received a nomination at the 2016 YYC Music Awards for Best Male Artist (all genres) & a Juno nomination for his drumming on Al Muirhead's It's About Time.

Tyler teaches at the University of Calgary and is the jazz coordinator and instructor at Ambrose University teaching drum set, jazz history, and jazz combo. He has developed clinics and workshops around the world, but here’s a great way aspiring artists can work with him right here: he’s the founder and director of the Ambrose University Drumset Educational Camp held annually in August and the director of the Ambrose University Jazz Camp!

You can find Tyler Hornby’s full bio and discography at Where can you find Tyler playing live? Watch the calendars of events on and We hope post-COVID he’ll be back with his trio for a weekly jazz series on the Mile!


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